December 20, 2015: Jesus as Donald Trump’s child?

Posted on : Dec 17th, 2015 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Advent we have been looking at “How and where Christ is coming into our lives and our world.” We’ve looked at the Homeless Jesus, the refugee or undocumented immigrant and whether Jesus would return to us today as a boy or a girl?

We’ve had some very interesting concepts to ponder.

Jesus was in fact born homeless and remained homeless his entire adult life. Jesus was in a political refugee and an undocumented immigrant. Shortly after his birth, King Herod decreed that all male children under the age of 3 in and around Bethlehem were to be killed. Being warned in a dream, Joseph wakes up Mary and Jesus and they flee to Egypt where they end up staying until King Herod dies. And of course, Jesus was a feminist. He fully believed in gender equality and broke every religious and social prohibition that was meant to keep women and men separate and unequal. That of course infuriated the religious establishment. However, given what the four major world religions (Judaism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism) have done to women in baptizing patriarchy – male power and privilege – as “divine,” it would not be at all surprising to me that if Jesus were to be born today, she would come as a girl.

Most of us can probably get our heads around the homeless Jesus and the Refugee/Immigrant Jesus. The girl-child Jesus or feminine Jesus will probably take a bit more struggle. But the one topic in this series that everyone is waiting for and probably no one can get their head around – me included – is this Sunday’s question: “Could Christ be coming into our lives and world this Advent as a child in Donald Trump’s family?”

There is something strange about us Americans and our political process. Each time we elect a President one group or the other is seeking “a Savior.” Bill Clinton was “the man from Hope.” He was our Hope. He was going to be our Savior. As it turns out, he was not quite as perfect as we had hoped. Then to counteract the moral foibles of Clinton we elected another Savior. This President, George W. Bush, was a born-again bonafide conservative. But Bush was uniquely special in that he wasn’t just any old conservative, he was a Compassionate-Conservative.   Well, that didn’t work out as hoped for either, so we elected another Savior, Barak Obama. He was smart, articulate, personable, young, energetic and did I mention, Black? Certainly, we thought, if America were ready to elect our first African-American president, this must be a sign that we were ready to become a new people! The racism that had been institutionalized as part of our history for almost 200 years, must be ready to disappear. Well, that savior didn’t save us either.

So here we are, again, looking for another savior. Surely there must be a potential President out there somewhere who will save us!!!!

That is exactly what the people of God thought thousands of years ago. They anointed every King they could find, each time hoping they had found the one who was going to save them. Way back in time they had one King who was the master of peace and prosperity. His name was David. Yes, he did have a certain uncontrollable urge for women and had quite a relationship with a guy as well, but he produced the goods. Everyone was rich, happy and lived in peace. His governing was both fair and just and those two are seldom attained in any society. Certainly, there must be another King David somewhere in the realm?

To say the least, things were not good in Israel’s realm. There were terrorists all around them, and a deal that was supposed to keep them safe cost them their freedom as the barbaric Assyrians hauled them off into captivity. Life kept getting darker and darker. And then, in one of the darkest times in Israel’s history, the prophet Isaiah offers this word of hope from God:

The people who walked in darkness

       have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness —

       on them light has shined.

 

For a child has been born for us,

       a son given to us;

the government will rest upon his shoulders;

   and he is named

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,

   Everlasting Parent, Prince of Peace.

You can almost hear the shouts of joy – even though that child hadn’t been born yet. Now, the big question is, could such a savior possibly come to us as a child in Donald Trump’s family?

Come and find out!

Advent Blessings,

Dan

 

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Isaiah 9: 2-7

The people who walked in darkness

   have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness—

   on them light has shined.

You have multiplied the nation,

   you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you

   as with joy at the harvest,

   as people exult when dividing plunder.

For the yoke of their burden,

   and the bar across their shoulders,

the rod of their oppressor,

   you have broken as on the day of Midian.

For all the boots of the tramping warriors

   and all the garments rolled in blood

   shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

For a child has been born for us,

   a son given to us;

the government will rest upon his shoulders;

   and he is named

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,

   Everlasting Parent, Prince of Peace.

His authority shall grow continually,

   and there shall be endless peace

for the throne of David and his kingdom.

   He will establish and uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

   from this time onwards and for evermore.

The zeal of the God of hosts will do this.

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